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The Wits School of Geosciences is the largest and most diverse academic Earth Science institution in Africa, with courses in Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Palaeontology, Palaeoanthropology, Geochronology, Environmental Science, Atmospheric Science, Hydrogeology, Economic Geology, and Exploration and Mining Geoscience. In many of these fields, Wits is the main (and in some cases, sole) centre of study in Africa and South Africa.

The School of Geosciences has a very dynamic and diverse team led by Professor Gillian Drennan who is the first female Head of School since the inception of the School. 

Wits Geosciences Isotope Laboratory
Study unlocks secrets of South Africa's national treasures
Lost continent Mauritius


Professor Gillian Drennan was interviewed by Dr Amaleya Goneos-Malka on Womanity – Women in Unity.

Musa Manzi is a Wits researcher saving lives in the depths of SA’s mines: Meet Musa Manzi – the Wits professor whose ground-breaking mathematical algorithm has the potential to save the lives of mine workers down in the darkest depths of South Africa’s deepest mines.